International Jazz Day in Mumbai

Every year on end of April it is the international jazz day. Frankly to say I love jazz but I don’t know the festival until this year after I noticed an advertisement on facebook.

FLEA Bazar Cafe located in lower parel of Mumbai, one of the places hosted the jazz music concerts in this day. It was quite late when the concert started at 9:30 pm. Very crowd, vivid automophere: alcohol, food, smoke…., live bands played different style of jazz music, people were dancing, shouting for talking…. Since the second day is the holiday and dry day as well (government doesn’t allow alcohol in some specific days such like labor’s day.), it looked like people wanted to catch the happiness, craziness wildly at such pretty night before the dry day, and even I almost forgot it was only Monday.

Mumbai is one of the most modern cities in India. The indoor such like bars, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, museums; outdoor such like sports club, live bands, adventure activities, traveling …all of them are reminding us the change of India and also uncovering the normal life of middle class Indian to us.

At the jazz night there are many musicians gathered in the cafe, they were not the roles of jazz show but went to meet old friends over there. Apart from those talent and experienced musicians, also few different style people such like transgenders, gays, moguls….all equally stood listening to the music, intoxicated.

My friend T, as a decades of experience in sound engineering, he is so proud of those talent musicians because the quality of performance is so good. And I am very relaxed, happy, satisfied with the beautiful night with T.

I love Mumbai.

Bands played the Jazz music:

The Many Roots Ensemble


Adil Manuel Collective







Sofar Sounds Bombay

Yesterday I joined a live concert in Worli, Mumbai. The host is Sofar Sounds Bombay.

I came to know Sofar Sounds several months back. It was gratefully that finally I was in since it was the fourth or fifth time of applying to join the live concert. Previously I was always informed that “we are sorry that you are not joining this time”. Initially I was so upset and the mood was questioning “what the hell?”. But slowly I realized it is actually a very good strategy of making such live concert more noticeable difference.

The procedure of the live concert is that the announcement is 2 or 3 weeks prior of the date of show, and the fans shall apply to join via website/email then wait for the message of whether we will be joining or not. One more interesting thing is that the venue has been kept as a secret until the day before the show.
There were three bands performed the show in TAO art gallery yesterday. The music was more like Jazz but also mixed with some classical, hip hop, funk, african and folk….., the quality of audiences was also very good.
Now I am absolutely agree with the way Sofar managed the shows and admire all the effort they have been doing to support those individual musicians who are definitely the talents.
If you also pursue the pure music which is without commercial craft, welcome to visit Sofar Sounds Bombay for detail.

The white city-Udaipur

It has been long time I didn’t travel with companions. Two months back we planned to spend few days of Chinese New Year somewhere in India. Udaipur seems to be a good choice since it is not far from Mumbai(1.5 hours for flight). Luckily we reserved cheap flight tickets of Air India and also found a guest house with very fair price. In February, it is a pleasant season in Udaipur where the temperature is maximum at 30 degrees in day time and 18 degrees during night time.

We expected the flight might delay for some time but it delayed for 3 hours which was out of our expectation. More disappointing is that it also delayed for 3  hours in returning.  But still there is one benefit of choosing Air India that we got boarding in the international airport instead of domestic one which is very local, crowded and very few shops and restaurants.

In 2 days we visited city palace, amrai ghat, kani mata(cable car on the hill), monsoon palace, and Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra temple, rest of time we were just roaming nearby the guest house among many different shopping stores.

Good food always brings us much joy of travel. Over there we found very nice places such like Millet Mewar, Sun and Moon rooftop restaurant, and good coffee at a cozy place cafesatori. Meanwhile, there are few fail items which didn’t meet our expectation such like: White Terrace Restaurant, and a very horrible breakfast at Hotel Amet Haveli.

The thing made me extremly happy is being with my campanions: two young boys Derrick and Steve. Derrick has lot of ideas of acting and photography, Steve has extraordinary sense in taking shots. The combination came out a role for me to be an actor in front of the camera. Thus we had lot of fun in it.

3 people, 2 cameras and lot of laughter in the journey. I love you boys. 🙂



Good time in a tiny café

It is a very tiny café hidden between flats at a small alley.

By coincidence I noticed this café on an advertising page, then I decided to visit it with my Taiwanese friends on Saturday. It was a good idea that we chose to take Ola instead of the local train since this tiny café is not located on the main road.

Simply lists several kinds of coffee on the menu…nothing else. Very commits to offering a cup of qualified coffee. And truly it was the best coffee we have ever tasted in Mumbai.

Next time I will take the local train. Drop at Khar station and walk for 20 minutes to get over there.


Photo credit: Steve Chen

Forever Thirty-Five

Today, there is one more age counted on my life.

After today, I will be at forever 35, I think it is the most beautiful age of a woman. Also I promised to myself that no matter how many years will be added up to my life, maybe 75, 85 or 95…, spiritually I am 35.

Maybe it will be wonderred why I don’t want to stay at 25? (Yes, it is a younger and attractive age since it looks so fresh.). But after I had gone through 10 years from 25 to 35, I am very confident and happy to remain on the more mature and wise stage.

Recently I have been recalling the memory between last B-day till today, the most beautiful and bitter one happened on the same thing. Plus I also had understood something from it. That is the EGO.

It will be a life long practice that don’t be stuck by the EGO but stand out from it, free the SOUL.

All the BEST.

Birthday selfies since 2012


排燈節紀實 Diwali in Mumbai


根據我跟印度同事討論的結果,對孟買人而言,另外兩個大節日應該是春天3月的色彩節Holi跟秋天9月的象神節Ganesha。不過,以“land of festival”聞名的印度而言,在這片廣大多元的土地上,節日著實太多,誰也說不準,在哪一個省邦,又有著什麼樣具代表性的節日。



排燈節的由來,始於Lord Rama結束14年的深山靈修回歸他的王國Ayodhya時,其妻子Sita遭遇Lord Rama弟弟Laxman的設計,遭10頭怪Lanka Ravana囚禁。為了營救愛妻,Lord Rama打敗10頭怪,凱旋回國,王國子民一齊點燃燈火,迎接Lord Rama榮歸。而這一天,後來被賦予”光明戰勝邪惡“的含義,名為Diwali. (Wikipedia: Diwali (English: /dɪˈwɑːl/)[4] or Sanskrit dīpāvali means “series of lights”,[22] and is derived from dīpam “light, lamp” and oli “glow of light”. Diwali is also known as dīpotsavam “festival of lights”)。




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An expat in Mumbai_Anniversary

I was reminded this morning in the bed by an email from company that it is my anniversary day of working in Mumbai.

There is nothing special except that email today. But actually there has been something in my mind and I am writing it down as a special note for my anniversary.

I started my journey in India since 15 years back. The first Indian person I met is the most special one in my life during the past 15 years: loved, fighted, separated, struggled, ….., so much had happened in our lives. Now we are in different cities, living our own life.

I fell in love with India at the first time I visited India. The color, the smell, the people, the food, the dirt, the easiness, the noise……it is an extremely mixed country. This huge land contains so various cultures, languages, religions, arts, sceneries.

After the last long travel in southern India in 2016, I got a job in Mumbai where is the first city I landed in 2002. Living and working in India is just like a dream turning to be true. Without surprise traveling and working are different, traveling is so romantic while working is the the reality, a real life. It has become a very normal life which is like a resident, 5 working day and 2 holidays weekly.

I didn’t find difficulty with living in India, on the contrary, I feel quite easy in many aspects such like environment, people, inconvenience, inefficiency, pollution, noise, crazy traffic….I had a conversation with Korean colleagues regarding my anniversary. We questioned with each other that “How do we survive in India for one year?”, here is an answer we all agree with:

“Forget every bad thing happened on you, let it go. Live hard, work hard, for now and here”.